City Council Minutes

Thursday, September 30,2010



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
SEPTEMBER 30, 2010, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Ben Nickle
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember Gil Almquist
Councilmember Jon Pike
Councilmember Gloria Shakespeare
City Attorney Shawn Guzman
City Recorder Gay Cragun

EXCUSED:
City Manager Gary Esplin

OPENING:
Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. The pledge of allegiance was led by Mayor McArthur and the invocation was offered by Pastor Dean Heuring.

LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION GRANT APPLICATION:
Consider approval of a land and water conservation grant application for the Millcreek Park.

Zac Koceja distributed a map of the park site. He advised the grant is administered by the State to preserve open space for recreation purposes. The grant is a 50-50 match. Last year the City was successful in obtaining a $165,000 grant for Forest Park. This year staff would like to apply for a grant for the Millcreek Park located on 3050 East. The site is currently a detention basin and an eyesore. There is residential development to the west. The reasons this site was selected are because the City already owns the property, it is on the capital projects list, and it will be inexpensive to build. The City owns 6.5 acres but there are encroachment issues, so for the sake of the grant, a park boundary has been identified consisting of 2.3 acres. After the encroachment issues are rectified, the park can be expanded. The Legal Department has been working with Code Enforcement to resolve the encroachment issues. He distributed a conceptual layout plan. The cost estimate to build the park is $518,000. The City will ask for $155,400 on the grant application and the balance needed to build the park will come from park impact fees or other grants.

Councilmember Almquist inquired about the lot off 110 South Cr. and if it was available.

Mr. Koceja replied that the lot is owned by Jim Stevenson and staff has contacted him to see if he is interested in selling the lot or donating it to the City.

Councilmember Bunker commented that this lot may be needed for parking.

Mr. Koceja advised that most of the park users will be nearby residents who will access the park by foot. The park will be a neighborhood park, not a destination park.


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Councilmember Almquist inquired about lighting.

Mr. Koceja replied there will be a light in the gazebo, at the restroom and a parking lot light.

Councilmember Bunker inquired about storm drainage.

Mr. Koceja replied that storm drainage goes into the street. Most of the upper area of the park has been piped to 3050 East.

Mayor McArthur advised he would like staff to consider placing trail lights around the walking trail.

Mr. Koceja advised the City will be notified in the spring if the grant application is successful.

Councilmember Almquist inquired if City trees from the tree farm will be used.

Mr. Koceja replied they will not be used.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to approve the grant application in the amount of $155,400.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Shakespeare.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins announced that this weekend is marathon weekend. He invited the Mayor and City Council to attend the International Runners luncheon at the Dixie Center tomorrow at noon.

Councilmember Pike arrived.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid to provide a trail connection between the 2450 East Park to Slickrock Park.

Millie Cockerill advised that Quality Excavation had the winning bid at $117,293.87. The next closest bid was $119,000, and all the bids were close. The trail length is about 2900 linear feet.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to award the bid to Quality Excavation in the amount of $117,293.87.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Pike - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for a passenger boarding bridge for the Replacement Airport.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch advised that completion of the new airport is down to the finishing touches - the terminal is nearing completion and will be done in October. One final detail is a boarding bridge to connect the terminal to the waiting jet. The budget for this project is $380.000. The bids came in at $554,000 and higher. The City went to the lowest bidder and discussed the option of reducing the cost by reducing the length and width of the jetway and eliminating some doors and accessories to get the price down to $393,706. He recommended award of the original bid at $554,000 to JBT Aerotech Jetway of Utah, and then approval of a change order to bring the cost down to $393,706. The jetway width was going to be 8', but now it will be 5'10". The second low bidder was Westland Construction, a local bidder. They were within 5% of the low bid but they opted not to the match the low bid.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to award the bid to JBT Aerotech Jetway of Utah in the amount of $554,000.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Pike - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Nickle to approve a change order to reduce the amount of the bid and the scope of work to $383,706.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Nickle - aye
Councilmember Pike - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye


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The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

PRESENTATION REGARDING A CHILDRENS MUSEUM:
Shauna Stephenson and Tonya Christensen distributed a handout of the proposed layout of the museum in the basement of the old hall of justice.

Councilmember Bunker advised that the layout does include the former jail space.

Ms. Stephenson introduced members of the Childrens Museum. She then presented a power point presentation covering examples of other childrens museums, a feasibility study, activities wanted and what has been accomplished so far. She asked the City Council to grant the use of the basement of the hall of justice for the Childrens Museum.

Councilmember Shakespeare inquired of Ms. Stephenson if they planned to use the outside courtyard.

Ms. Stephenson replied they would use it if it is available.

Mayor McArthur commented that the old hall of justice probably isnt the number one choice for location of the museum, but it at least provides a starting place. It provides a chance to see how the museum will grow, the level of community interest, and perhaps in the future a more appropriate place for it can be found.

Councilmember Almquist advised that knocking down some of the interior walls for the museum will also make the space for useable for the City in the future.

Brief discussions were held on the recent flood inside the building and parking.

Councilmember Bunker commented that once the City approves the site, they can begin fundraising and open a bank account and accept donations. She advised that the Committee does not want this to be a permanent location, but somewhere to start.

The Mayor and City Council all expressed support for the project and the proposed location.

Marc Mortensen, Assistant to the City Manager, advised that staff will prepare a formal agreement and present it for approval at a future City Council meeting.

NEW EFFLUENT STANDARDS:
Presentation from the State Division of Water Quality concerning new effluent standards for the sewer treatment plant.

John Mackie, Utah State Division of Water Quality, introduced other project managers. He then presented a power point presentation covering the following topics: protecting Utahs water resources, nutrient issues, nutrient questions, impacts of delaying plant and algal matter on dissolved oxygen, national trends, DEQ state study, basis of state study, results of statewide study, and the existing facility.
He advised that at this time there is no problem with the nutrient level in the water

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in St. George. However, within three to five years some level of nutrient control is coming, but at this time it is not known what that level will be. The movement should be to try and head toward the first level.

PUMP STATION EXPANSION:
Presenting concerning the Mall Drive to Skyline Drive pump station expansion project.

Scott Taylor presented a power point presentation on the Mall Drive and Skyline Drive pump station expansion project. He advised the City is ready to add two new pumps, mainly because of the new arsenic regulations. There are 11 wells in the Gunlock field and four to five in the Snow Canyon field. In Gunlock only two of the wells meet new arsenic requirements. Ultimately a treatment plant will have to be built to treat the well field.

Water Services Director Barry Barnum explained the State Division of Drinking Water was going to issue the City a $6,000,000 bond to go toward the $10,000,000 treatment plant at a low interest rate. The City was then supposed to go out into the commercial market to obtain a $4,000,000 bond. However, rather than incurring debt, the City is trying to postpone the expenditure of money as long as possible. However, the City needs to increase rates soon in order to build a reserve. The City will have to go back to the State Division of Drinking Water and ask them to issue the bond. Mr. Barnum advised that installation of the pumps will take place this winter.

Mr. Taylor advised the project consists of five new pumps and motors at the Skyline station, and then take what was there and retrofit them for the Mall Drive pump station in order to get full capacity. The total cost of the project is $375,000. The cost to the City will be $185,000.

Councilmember Pike commented that the Power Department had to increase rates, and the water rates should be increased soon.

Mr. Taylor advised that the City will be performing the labor for the project.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that the cost of the pumps will be presented at a future City Council meeting for formal authorization.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to support the project.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Pike - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.
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ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION:
MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to adjourn to an executive session to discuss litigation.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nickle.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Pike - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

The meeting adjourned upon conclusion of the executive session.



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Gay Cragun, City Recorder